5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: AeroVironment


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, unmanned aerial vehicle specialist AeroVironment (NAS: AVAV) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at AeroVironment's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

AeroVironment facts

Headquarters (founded)

Monrovia, Calif. (1971)

Market Cap

$595.1 million


Aerospace and defense

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$320.4 million


Chairman/CEO Timothy Conver
CFO Jikun Kim

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$154.4 million / $0


Aker ASA
L-3 Communications
Lockheed Martin

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 601 members who have rated AeroVironment believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A few months ago, one of those Fools, TarynOne, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

[AeroVironment] may be in the best position for unmanned aerial devices right now. Their devices are increasingly smaller, cheaper, and easy to use. Widely used in military (check out their "Switchblade" backpack-style AUV missile). This company also has great potential in security measures within our own border.

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At the time thisarticle was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Lockheed Martin and L-3 Communications Holdings. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of L-3 Communications Holdings and AeroVironment. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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